Friday, January 13, 2006

G'ma Quilt Fiasco

You know, I was trying to get the G'ma quilt ready in time for the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival deadline today, but all sorts of crazy things happened. Once I stitched up the background, I realized that the proportions were all wrong. That she needed to be much bigger. It looked as if she was being swallowed by so much background. Lucky for me, I had printed out a bigger version of her, but now that entailed a total repaint for her new version.

Then...I couldn't find the fabric I used for her original dress. Things were just not looking good for me and got worse when Ol' Singer decided to act up. It was skipping stitches and snarly and the results were just not what I wanted. I mean, UGH. O.S. has never behaved like this before. I changed needles, fiddled with the dials, cleaned out the bobbin case, nothing worked. I felt it was messing up my quilt!

I got so frustrated that I finally had to turn it off. I was so upset I put my head down on the table. My husband, in an effort to console me, said "It is more important for you to do it justice by doing it well than for it to make some deadline." I agreed. I suppose it'll still be eligible for next year and I can enter it in other places. Crap.

8 comments:

Valeri said...

Your husband is right! I'm looking forward to seeing this one finished!

Deb R said...

Oh {{{Elle}}}, I hate when things go like that. It's so frustrating. But yes, your hubby is right. And when it's done you'll be glad you took the extra time and care to get it right and there are loads of shows you could enter it in when it's finished, including, as you mentioned, next year's MAQF.

Lisa Call said...

I know how frustrating that situation can be. But in the end the quilt will be stunning and it will have been worth the time you put into it.

You can enter it into the new Denver Quilt Extraveganza or whatever it is called and then I can go see it in person in may.

Dianna in Maui said...

Elle, are your husband and my husband related? Bruce has often told me the same thing. He's also the one who tells me "it's time to go to bed" when he hears me swearing at the sewing machine. LOL!

Deborah said...

So disappointing. But it sounds like you're on the right path. (Doesn't mean it's not a bummer to have your schedule rearranged.)

Gerrie said...

I have had this happen so many times. But your husband is right. This will be such a lovely quilt and there will be more shows. Can't wait to see the final version.

mary m. said...

Elle,

Or you can finish in time for QHC in Lancaster and I can see it in person!

laura said...

just make the work. when it is ready, then is the time to look for a place to show it.
priorities priorities, it''s going to be a GOOD piece.